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Hyeres Nature, France

The quantity and quality of green spaces are proof of the fascinating Mediterranean biodiversity that prospers in the sweet climate of Hyères, in an extremely charming maritime setting that is easily accessible thanks to modern infrastructure, making Hyères an easy place also for the disabled.

Olbius Riquier Park is immense and offers plenty of opportunities for fun. Open both in summer and winter, this botanical garden contains greenhouses with rare exotic species. It is crossed by shady paths and is equipped with play areas for children, a relaxing lake with water birds, a small zoo and a bar.
The Mediterranean St.-Bernard park and the tropical garden of Sainte-Claire are in the historic medieval area of of Hyères.

A small wooden door provides access to the public park of Ste.-Claire. Here you can find some peace and quiet, surrounded by botanical gardens with rare subtropical South American and Australian species, and a gorgeous view of the city, the peninsula of Giens and the sea.

The garden in the national botanical conservatory of Porquerolles (or garden of the palms), a perfumed, floral oasis of calm, is part of the national park on the island of Port-Cros, a beautiful protected nature reserve with land and underwater flora and fauna. A corner of paradise extending 87,500 km²!


The peculiar geomorphologic formation of the peninsula of Giens, a “double dune", makes it unique in the world: with a connection to the mainland by two strips of beach that define the natural saltwater lagoon territory and the damp area of the Hyères salt mines (the old salt mines and the salt mines of Pesquiers), the coexistence of land and water have made for an exceptional biodiversity, creating a habitat where the richest flora and fauna coexist. The presence of pink flamingos and cormorants is constant to the delight of bird watchers, fishermen and, as a result, connoisseurs who can count on the best restaurants with a choice fresh seafood dishes. The so-called salt road, which joins Hyères with the archipelago of Giens, can only be traveled on foot. From one part you can admire the sea, while from the other, you can enjoy the green area of the salt lake.

The three greater islands, Porquerolles, Port Cros and Le Levant, are easily reachable from the port with frequent ferries, and cannot be traveled by car. This aspect also makes them particularly attractive for a vacation with children. Their positioning, with respect to the harbor of Hyères, also makes them a great sailing spot.

Leaving the Tour Fondue on the peninsula of Giens with the ferry, you'll arrive at the port of Porquerolles, which has a well-equipped tourist information center. Here you can get a map and possibly rent a bicycle, to discover the many hiking trails surrounded by the fauna and flora of this island, as well as orchards, olive groves, pines, eucalyptus and lavender fields, or explore some of the gorgeous beaches and creeks, skirting the coast in a sailboat.

The Port Cros National Park is Europe's first marine park. Between forests, creeks, backdrops and rocky cliffs that drop into the sea, it is a splendid natural paradise with a diversified heritage of fauna and flora. The landscape is also rich in culture: the fortresses of its ancient defense system arouse a considerable historical-architectural interest. With 700 hectares of surface land and 1288 of sea floor, the park also includes the nearby islands of Port-Cros, Bagaud, Gabinière, Rascas and Porquerolles. The island of Port Cros cannot be accessed by motor vehicles and the pedestrian paths are all marked, with departures and arrivals at the port.

The island of Le Levant is an almost entirely military area, with the exception of the rustic village of Héliopolis, a nudist colony and beach.
To the north, the valleys of Borrels and Sauvebonne are protected natural areas where you can make excursions on foot, mountain bike or horseback, and find genuine agricultural products thanks to the presence of gardens, orchards and vineyards.

In the hinterland between Hyères and St. Raphaël, the Massif des Maures is a place of wilderness and forest, rich in fauna and has paths for travelers on foot, bike or horseback. On the coast, this territory shows an extraordinary variety of rocky formations over the sea.


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